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QB battle continues during Eagles' spring camp
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Indiana transfer Dexter Williams II slings a pass out to the flat during the first 2024 Spring Football practice at Paulson Stadium on Tuesday, March 19. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

The Georgia Southern football team continues their spring drills at Paulson Stadium this week. One of the biggest questions fans are waiting to hear the answer about as spring football concludes is who will be the starting quarterback.

Currently there are three players separating themselves from the pack, but none of them look like they are gaining any distance on each other. Senior transfer Dexter Williams from Indiana is battling along with last year’s backup sophomore J.C. French, as well as redshirt sophomore David Dallas who is healthy for the first time since being an Eagle.

“They have continued to kind of taken turns at standing out,” said head coach Clay Helton. “Three days ago, I thought Dex had an unbelievable practice. Last Tuesday David Dallas just lit the world on fire. Today I was impressed by what J.C. was able to do. We also have the young buck Tyler Budge who keeps making plays.”

While having each player have some moments of shining is nice, what Helton is looking for is more stability practice to practice.

“I met with the guys today and I explained the importance of consistency,” Helton said. “We need them to make the right decisions time after time and being able to get the ball out in a timely and decisive manner as well as being accurate. We need someone to do that over the next 30 practices to establish some separation, because there is not a lot of separation in that room.”

While separation is the goal for Helton, right now the three that are battling seem to be as close off the field as they are on it.

“I feel like there are really talented guys out here and we are all pushing each other while staying close off the field,” French said. “I am just trying to approach each day to get better because I am aware of what these other guys can do. Even though we are close it is a business at the end of the day and you don’t take things personal.”

The past two years the transfer quarterback who came to Georgia Southern after starting at a D-1 school hasn’t really had to fight for the Eagle's starting job. For Dexter Williams he knows it’s a battle and he isn’t going to be handed anything.

“I see so much talent in the quarterback room,” Williams said. “I have seen everyone make big time throws at big time moments. At the end of the day the goal is to make this team a better team with whoever is behind the center. Walking that thin line between competing and being friends with the other guys is very easy. As a competitor we all want to start but no one is pulling against each other.”

For redshirt sophomore David Dallas this marks the first spring practice he has been able to compete in after injuries prevented him form being out his first two years. Dallas is hoping to make a good impression and is even more excited to be back on the field.

“I have been off the field for two years and have really fought hard to get back” Dallas said. “It’s been a tough fight but the process of getting back has been incredible and makes it mean even more to me. We have some unbelievable talent in that room. Those are my best friends and I believe iron sharpens iron. I am going to come out every day and be the best I can be and whoever ends up as the starter I feel confident we will all be very supportive.”